Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal

Jerusalem, the per-christian capital of Israel according to Biblical accounts, is back in controversy over the declaration of the president of the United states of America, Donald Trump that he now recognize it as the capital of Israel. Many Christians see this as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecies, though Jews whose land they defend do not recognize Christianity as a genuine religion, claiming that Christianity is formed by followers of one who believed he was the Messiah. Since the destruction of the city in about 70 AD, and the subsequent…

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Arsenal Faces Swedish Side, Ostersund In Europa League Round Of 32

Arsenal will face Swedish minnows Ostersund whilst Celtic drew Russians Zenit St Petersburg in the draw for the Europa League last 32 on Monday. The Gunners will need to get past a Swedish side coached by Englishman Graham Potter, a former journeyman footballer now 42 and who led Ostersund to the Swedish Cup last season. Potter, the only English manager in European competition, has taken the side from the Swedish fourth division to the top flight in six seasons and will now lead them out at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in…

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PDP: How Wike, Fayose Stripped the South east of VP slot and Awarded the same to the South west

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Following the landslide victory of Rivers state born Uche Secondus in the December 9, 2017 elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as new National Chairman of the party, inside story of how various interests and stakeholders plotted and strategized the outcome has emerged. Secondus’ victory signifies inevitable shift in pundits’ calculations and re-thinking of pre-convention projections vis avis the 2019 presidential election. For example, before now, all permutations pointed towards the emergence of a South west National Chairman and South east Vice presidential running…

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Appeal Court Quashes Bribery Charges Against Justice Nganjiwa

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, has struck out the criminal charges filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against a serving judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa. The EFCC had arraigned the judge for allegedly receiving a total of $260,000 and N8.65m gratification to enrich himself as a public official.  The anti-graft agency claimed that the judge received the money through his bank account between 2013 and 2015. The EFCC claimed that the judge could not explain the source of the funds, adding that he…

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Ronaldo And Neymar Clash In UEFA Champions League Round Of 16

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid will continue their bid for a first European Cup treble in 40 years against Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain after the big-spending duo were on Monday drawn together in a mouth-watering Champions League last 16 clash. No club has won the European title three years running since Bayern Munich in the mid-1970s, underlining how big an achievement it would be if Madrid — 12 times winners overall — won the trophy again in the final in Kiev in May. They know exactly what it takes to be European…

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Ambode Presents N1.046 Trillion Budget For 2018

The Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has presented the 2018 budget estimate before the Lagos State House of Assembly. The projected budget size is One Trillion, Forty-six Billion, One Hundred and Twenty-one Million, One Hundred and Eighty-one Thousand, Six Hundred and Eighty naira (N1,046,121). The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N347bn and a capital expenditure of N699bn. The budget is tagged Budget of Progress and Development. Details later…

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FOU Sacks Smugglers

Bayo Bernard With over 13,000 bags of rice imported unto the country by some unscrupulous importers, mostly through undesignated routes daredevil importers seemed bent on sabotaging the economy. One can imagine the damage the influx of the huge quantity bag of rice would have done to the economy if they were allowed to enter into the local market. But the eagle eyed -men and officers of the federal operations Unit, Zone A led by Comptroller Mohammed Uba Garba would never allow that to happen: the assorted bags of rice have…

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Customs: Getting Tougher On Smugglers, Clearing The Mess At The Seaports

By Stephen Ubanna Those  who think that the mass transfer of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, from one Customs formation to another across the country by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the Comptroller general, to sanitize the process of clearing goods and containing  the activities of smugglers at the seaports, airports and land border stations had  achieved its purpose may have to do a rethink. This is because , nothing appears to have changed  at the seaports or the land border areas as expected. Ali…

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Customs: More Rots And Big Tasks For Hameed Ali

By Stephen Ubanna Those who think that the mass transfer of the officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, from one Customs formation to another across the country by Hameed Ali, a retired Colonel and the Comptroller general would change anything at the seaports, airports and land borders areas have to do a rethink. This is because, noting appears to have changed as it is still business as usual going by the increased rate of smuggling and deals at the seaports and airports. Investigation by the Magazine shows…

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2019: PDP Bows to Atiku

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Atiku’s return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has altered permutations in the party. The party zoned its 2019 presidential ticket to the North and the position of the national chairman to the South. Stakeholders favour micro zoning of the topmost party position to the Southwest and ceding of the vice presidential ticket to the South east. In the event of victory at the polls, the South south is tipped to produce President of the Senate. However, Atiku’s re-entry is fast altering the calculations in the…

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Menotti Writes Off Super Eagles Against Argentina

Argentina 1978 World Cup winning coach, César Luis Menotti, has said that Argentina are assured of three points in their 2018 World Cup clash against Super Eagles on June 26. Both countries have met four times in the group stage of previous editions of the World Cup, and it has been a close affair with the South Americans winning by a single goal-margin each time. ‘’ ’The group is satisfactory, we are better than in the 78 World Cup that we had Italy, Hungary and France,’’ Menotti said in an…

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Guardiola Hails Team For West Ham Win

Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City for refusing to be frustrated by West Ham’s massed defence after the Premier League leaders came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win on Sunday. Free-scoring City found it hard to break down the well-organised Hammers after Angelo Ogbonnna’s shock opener just before half-time, but they kept their heads and equalised through Nicolas Otamendi 12 minutes after the break before David Silva volleyed a fine winner with seven minutes left. “We started really well but we lost our patience. We didn’t have any rhythm because (West Ham goalkeeper) Adrian…

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‘We Will Fight Till The End’- Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is refusing to concede defeat in the Premier League title race even though his team are now 15 points adrift of Manchester City in top spot. Mauricio Pochettino has ruled Tottenham out of contention but Wenger is refusing to throw in the towel despite Saturday’s painful 3-1 loss to Manchester United. The Gunners, who last won the trophy in 2003-04 and have three more points than rivals Spurs, are lagging in fifth spot after five defeats in their first 15 games.  “I am not Pochettino, I…

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Ulreich Eyes Revenge Against PSG

Goalkeeper Sven Ulreich says Bayern Munich are out to avenge their Champions League thrashing at the hands of the Paris Saint-Germain when the teams clash again in Bavaria on Tuesday. Bayern crashed to a 3-0 defeat in Paris at the end of September, when Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all scored at the Parc de Princes which led to the Germans firing Carlo Ancelotti and rehired Jupp Heynckes as head coach. Since then, Bayern have won ten of their 11 games. With both teams through to the last 16,…

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Neymar May Not Join Real Madrid

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insisted he cannot envisage former teammate Neymar moving to rivals Real Madrid due to his “admiration” for Barca. Neymar spent four years at the Camp Nou before sensationally moving to Paris Saint-German in August for a world record 222 million euro ($264 million) fee. However, rumours of a move back to Spain with the European champions surfaced after Neymar clashed with new strike partner and Suarez’s international teammate Edison Cavani back in September.  “No, not at all,” Suarez told Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday when…

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Court Orders Arrest Of Chimaroke Nnamani

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday issued a bench warrant against a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, and his ex-aide, Sunday Anyaogu, with whom he was charged with an alleged fraud of N5.3bn. Justice Chuka Obiozor issued bench warrant against the ex-governor and Anyaogu for failing to appear in court on Monday for their scheduled re-arraignment.  The judge rejected the explanation by Nnamani’s lawyer, Mr. Abubakar Shamsudeen, from the chambers of Mr. Rickey Tarfa (SAN), that his client was at the moment bedridden in a hospital…

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Maina: The Mungono Set Up

By Stephen Ubanna For months that the Abdulrasheed Maina, former Chairman, Pension Reform Fund, saga broke out in the country, Babagana Mungono a retired Major General and    National Security Adviser, NSA,  to President Muhammadu Buhari had never been mentioned in connection with it. He had been seen as one who is committed to his job allowing the likes of Mamman Lawal Daura , Director General,  State Security Service, SSS, Ibrahim Magu, acting  Chairman, Economic  and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, other Security Chiefs to  be visible in the Administration. But many…

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The Maina Saga: Brickbats still on

The Maina saga is a saga that has refused to go away. Recently, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, had accused the former pension boss, Abdulrashid Maina, of using his son’s account to Launder money, insisting that N1.7bllion was lodged in he son’s account. Maina has been declared a fugitive since stories started going round that the Bornu state borne civil servant, who has been dismissed by the Goodluck Jonathan administration for corruption, and has been living at Dubai since, was secretly brought…

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